Celebrity Cleveland Natives Swap Hometown Memories

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CLEVELAND — Tuesday night’s episode of The Arsenio Hall Show hit close to home for Clevelanders as host Arsenio Hall and guest Patricia Heaton swapped childhood memories.

Both grew up in the Cleveland area, though in different parts.

“Bay Village is the kind of place that when you go, you go back home and tell your black friends you were there,” Hall said of the actress’s hometown.  “I was in Bay Village and some white folks I visited had an elevator. Yes, at they crib they had an elevator!”

Hall and Heaton relived the triumphs of their college days at Ohio institutions.

“I had to sell plasma to get beer money for the weekend.  And that could take you down High Street for the night,” said Heaton, who went to The Ohio State University.  She also directed traffic to help support her beer fund.

Hall attended Ohio University, but after too much partying he transferred to Kent State.

The pair had another local connection, although it was short-lived.

Heaton’s late father, Chuck Heaton, was a legendary sports writer for The Plain Dealer.  Hall delivered that paper … for a week.

“It was too early!  As a young black child I called in and said, ‘I’m not coming next week.’  Too early!  I started delivering the Cleveland Press, the afternoon paper,” Hall shared.

Hall frequently refers to his Cleveland roots during his late night talk show.

Catch The Arsenio Hall Show each weeknight on Fox 8.  It airs at 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 11:30 following Friday Night Touchdown on Friday.